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There’s no place like home. Scott Pape knows that catch­phrase bet­ter than any­one.

The and fi­nance ex­pert is still re­cov­er­ing from hav­ing his farm at Rom­sey, 65km north of Mel­bourne, wiped out by a bush­fire.

Pape spent years ne­go­ti­at­ing to buy the 134ha property so that he could em­brace ru­ral life with wife Liz and their 10-month-old son Louie.

That dream came un­done mid-Fe­bru­ary. Pape’s home was gone in min­utes.

“My house go­ing re­ally taught me that home is where the heart is,” Pape says.

“I like to think of my­self as a ra­tio­nal per­son, but to lose it was a re­ally emo­tional thing.

“We had a fire plan so my wife and son were never in dan­ger.

“My house wasn’t the Taj Ma­hal, but it is the place where I want to have mem­o­ries and live for the next 30 or 40 years. We’re re­build­ing now.”


which was filmed over the spring 2013 sell­ing sea­son, is full of emo­tion, too. It fo­cuses on the highs and lows of buy­ing and sell­ing houses at auc­tion.

“There is noth­ing like an auc­tion to bring out the emo­tions of people,” Pape says. “You can think with your heart, but also your head.

“Auc­tions also of­ten re­volve around the five Ds — death, dis­ease, di­vorce, disability and debt — and that can com­pound an al­ready stress­ful sit­u­a­tion.

“It (buy­ing a house) is a thing most people will do at least once in their life. It is one of your big­gest fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions and the penal­ties for stuff­ing it up are im­mense.”

Chan­nel 7, Thurs­day, 9.15pm.

Scott Pape

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